When Key and Peele came to a close after five sensational seasons, we mourned, then looked hungrily for what could come next for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. They eased our separation anxiety by unleashing the hilarious action-comedy Keanu. From there, Key began taking roles apart from Peele, popping up as a recurring voice actor on Archer’s Hollywood-set season, and awing audiences in the acclaimed indie comedy Don’t Think Twice.
When I interviewed Key on his press tour for the latter, he revealed that while he valued his comedy career, his new dream is to succeed as a dramatic actor. Now that dream is on the horizon with news that he’s set to co-star in a hotly anticipated off-Broadway production of Hamlet.
THR reveals Key will play Horatio in The Public Theater’s run, which will be helmed by celebrated director Sam Gold, and boasts Oscar Isaac in the lead role as the depressed Dane. The show which will run from June to September is sure to be a major draw, and also sploosh.
Meanwhile, Peele has been conquering new challenges of his own, writing and directing his first feature film, a horror movie called Get Out that follows a young Black man on a twisted visit with his White girlfriend’s parents. The frightening film won praise out of Sundance, and its masterful blending of satire and scares has earned it a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of posting). Plus, Peele’s been having some fun on the press tour, imagining how different celebs might respond to his terrifying directorial debut.
We made a joke a while back that in every dissolved partnership, someone’s got to be the Garfunkel. But Key and Peele might be the rare un-pair that both gets to be the Simon.
Seriously though, see Get Out. It’s fucking sensational.